Conversations with the Tyro

Xen says
You think so?
I always feel like something is missing from my poems
I just don’t know what.

i think so
and guess what. . .
i have no idea if my work is any good
yes – stuff is always missing
and that’s why we write the next one
and the next one
and the next. . .

the trick is to learn to ride the surf of that wave of uncertainty
it is your worst problem
and your greatest asset

Dreaming of Wisdom

being among gentle wise creatures
who have come to take me home
and they ask
“How did you survive?
How did you endure?”
And i shall answer
“In a vision i saw you gentle creatures
and we were as we are now.
The sky was this color and smelled this way.
We spoke
as we speak now
exchanging our measure of light and life.”
and for the slightest moment
darkness will be a shadow on my sleeve
and i will brush sadness from my shoulders
like dust
somehow it will come to me
that it was all worth it
and i will walk out from under the sky


I stand in the door
one more transition
one more shape
one more becoming before i rest

i’ve endured the darkness
and beheld the stars
i’ve committed the blasphemy
of bending time and space
i have lifted the seas from their beds
and beheld the treasures hidden there

i have wept an ocean
and walked it dry
i have run the spine of the night
and held the winds in balance
I have walked though the hole in the zero

i have cast light and shadow
i have forged weapons that few can even imagine
and i have given blood to the earth

storm and shadow
i am
and ever shall master the skies
and lift the fallen precious ones
into a new light
a new

Shakespeare and Synaesthesia in the Park

Memories . . .
The mirror of my mind seems so clear
though they tell me it’s cracked across the middle

The City built this stage in the Park
so that southerners might come to know a smattering of culture
An oval of stage capping an ellipse of stones
beside this undulating velvet creek the color of ghosts

Tonight the sable night wind runs riotous
somehow angry that there might still be leaves on trees
Tonight the waxing inconstant moon feigns warmth as she
trails luminous streamers of cirrus mucus across a sky the color of loss

Alone on this stage of memories
the turning world has found new ways to fracture my stone cold heart
I stood just like this
pouring my heart out through my mouth

You’re not supposed to say the name
but what can the gods do to me that they haven’t already done?

You hair the color of rock and roll
Eyes are the color of a pewter sky foretelling tragedy
Your voice, a promise of rain
Here, under the lights, your smell
the humor of every adolescent male’s dream

All who love are damned
All who love actors, doubly so

In memory you say, “Teach me . . .
teach me poetry”

PRESS RELEASE Science Fiction Authors Predict the Political Future in After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery

Science Fiction Authors Predict the Political Future in After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery

New Anthology from B Cubed Press looks to 2032—and beyond

Benton, WA — July 18, 2018 — After the Orange:Ruin and Recovery, the latest anthology from B Cubed Press, looks beyond current political issues to the futures our current political situation may portend. 29 science fiction authors contributed their visions of a post-Trump world.

The stories range from social and political humor/satire, to tales of ecological collapse and social and political dystopias. Editor Manny Frishberg, a journalist and science fiction author, selected the stories from more than 100 submissions. “Some stories are about imagined Resistance fighters, while others, like ‘Garbage Patch Kids,’ envision people cheerfully making the best of their situation,” Frishberg said. “Generally, the farther in the future a story looks, the more likely it is to be optimistic.”

While some of the stories are clearly fantasy or satire, others are all too plausible. Frishberg cited “Maybe the Monarchs,” by Endeaver Award winner Brenda Cooper, along with K.G. Anderson’s “Bad Memories, 2032” and J.G. Follansbee’s “The Orange St. Parking Garage Is Open/Closed” as disturbingly plausible.

After the Orange takes an international perspective on the impacts of the current American presidency. The anthology began as a project of an Australian publisher, but was taken on by B Cubed Press in 2017.

Manny Frishberg, the editor who solicited and arranged the stories, said he received stories from across the globe, and selected stories include offerings from writers from the Netherlands, Australia, US, Canada, UK, and Israel,

Frishberg enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to edit a book of controversial political fiction. “The Austrian writer Karl Kraus said in the 1930s that ‘satires that are understood by the censors are rightly forbidden,’” he said. “Besides, I’ve been a smart-alec troublemaker since I was a kid. It’s too late to change now.”

For Bob Brown, the founder of B Cubed Press, After the Orange is just the latest in a series of books that question political authority.

“It makes me glad I’ve been careful on my taxes, but frankly when it comes time to worry, it is too late,” said publisher Bob Brown. B Cubed Press has published the best selling Alternative Truths and More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance, and this year has four more releases about politics coming out: After the Orange, Alternative Theologies: Parables for a Modern World, Alternative Truths III: Endgame, and When Trump Changed: The Feminist Science Fiction Justice League Quashes the Orange Outrage Pussy Grabber.

A percentage of the sales from each of the “Alternative” books from B Cubed Press is donated to the Washington State ACLU, and that will be true for After the Orange, as well, Brown said. Almost 600 dollars was paid to the ACLU in the first year of operation.

For more information about After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery or B Cubed Press, please contact Bob Brown,

Cover Design Sara Codair
ISBN-13: 978-1-949476-01-9
Electronic 978-1-949476-00-2
First Printing 2018


Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Business of Government
William Burns
Bad Memories, 2032
K.G. Anderson
Candidate Games
Laura Staley
Baby’s Gonna Vote
Marcelle Thiébaux
Introductory Remarks at the Institute of Probabilistic Computing
Samantha Weiss
Darren Todd
Ghosts and Glory
Paula Hammond
Garbage Patch Kids
Chris Bullard
The Orange Street Parking Garage is FULL/OPEN
J.G. Follansbee
American Angel
Kara Dalkey
Frog and Esther Jones
Call to Order
Edd Vick
One Drop Stop
Yong Takahashi
The Desert of the Real
Elana Gomel
Critical Residential Update
Janka Hobbs
A New Republic
Hannah Trusty
True Values
Ben Howels
Mike Adamson
The Last Flight of Captain Kittredge
John A. Pitts
Sunday with Javier and Papi
Charles Joseph Albert
Dawn of the Debt
Kevin David Anderson
Maybe the Monarchs
Brenda Cooper
Andrea Lopez
Glow in the Dark Girlfriend
Bo Balder
Studies in Shadow and Light
Su J. Sokol
Russell Hemmell
Long After
Bruce Taylor
Shelby Workman